‘Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel’ Student Members Attend National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

NBB founded NGSB in 2010, with 2011 being the first year of the conference scholarships. Since then, it is estimated that more than 100 students have attended on scholarship, with approximately another 50 attending for a reduced registration rate.
By The National Biodiesel Board | December 29, 2018

The Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program is intended to foster professional relationships between budding and established scientists, share accurate information, and increase collaboration with academia and the biodiesel industry. The National Biodiesel Board oversees the program, with support from the United Soybean Board and other funders.

Each year NGSB offers a scholarship to college students for the opportunity to participate, alongside other industry experts, at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. The scholarship is for science majors interested in all aspects of the biodiesel industry. “I came to the conference with knowledge of the chemistry behind many of the processes, but little to no information about the actual industry,” said William Gray, chemical engineering major at Rowan University and NGSB co-chair. “I learned exensively about other feedstocks, quality assurance and policy. These topics dominated discussion and got me even more interested in the exciting world of biodiesel. The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo was a wonderful experience.”

NBB founded NGSB in 2010, with 2011 being the first year of the conference scholarships. Since then, it is estimated that more than 100 students have attended on scholarship, with approximately another 50 attending for a reduced registration rate.

“These connections could be stepping stones for their professional career, but the relationships could also benefit the biodiesel industry—you never know where some of these students may land,” said Don Scott, NBB’s director of sustainability. “Another benefit to us is that these interactions also bridge technology from the lab to potential commercial reality.”

If you are attending the 2019 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, please take time to attend the NGSB poster session in Conference Central, where students will share their extensive research. Also, join the breakout session, “One Small Step: The Next Generation of Biodiesel Scientists,” to hear from some of the brightest minds as they share key findings that could lead to biodiesel breakthroughs.

“Biodiesel has a great story to tell, but far too few people know that story,” Scott said. “With what better audience is there to share this story than the brightest minds of tomorrow? They will be developing technologies and implementing policies to address energy and climate change for years to come.”

Visit biodieselsustainability.com and click on the “Students Section” tab to learn more.

 
 
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